Aug 31
Welcome Back!

Dear DRBS families,

Tomorrow is the big day! We get to see your amazing children again after what I hope was a glorious and fun filled summer.

Teachers have been working hard all week to prepare and are anxious to meet their new students. We have a great year of learning planned for all and look forward to having parents in the building with us as part of the journey.

Families will be receiving a welcome email later this afternoon with details about tomorrow from their child's teacher. Here is some of the information.

First day:

Grades 1 to 6 will be meeting on the field. Teachers will enter the field at 8:25 to meet their classes. All staff will have a balloon tied to them for easy recognition.

Kindergarten is a staggered entry, please meet you teacher at the west doors by the bus drop off.

Here are the colors:

Kindergarten – Red

Grade 1 – Orange

Grade 2 – Yellow

Grade 3 – Green

Grade 4 – Blue

Grade 5 – Light Purple

Grade 6 - Violet

Admin and support staff – Silver.

If you can not find your grade please ask anyone with a silver balloon for help.

Parking:

Please do not park in the bus loop or staff parking lot tomorrow. We need to be able to move the buses in and out as well as ensure the safety of all our students. It will be a beautiful day so walk if you can or street parking is available throughout the neighborhood. We will be closing off the bus loop and lot entrances as well as having monitors in these areas to help with congestion.

Class Assignments

Staff have spend many intentional hours planning and balancing class lists to provide the best learning experience for all students. Teacher and friend requests were not taken into consideration, however, teachers made sure all students have friends in their class.

Lunch Room

This year we are going to implement a pack in – pack out practice. Students will be asked to bring home all of the waste from their lunch to recycle at home. We are hoping to collectively do our part to increase awareness and caring for our planet! To help us out it would be great if snacks etc. were sent in reusable containers that can be taken home and washed out.

Grades 1 to 3 lunch time: 12:15 to 1:00pm

Grade 4 to 6 lunch time: 11:30 am to 12:15 pm

 

Hours:

Tomorrow will be a full day. Fridays we dismiss at 12:15. There is no school on Monday September 5, 2022.

A message from transportation:

“As we begin this school year, our transportation service providers are facing a qualified bus driver shortage. At this time, the route your child is assigned to does not have a regularly assigned driver. This means there is an increased chance of delays in scheduled pick-up or drop-off times. Please make sure your family is prepared if there are delays on the route in the event their bus is delayed or canceled on short notice. 

Please be assured our transportation service providers are continuing to recruit and train drivers. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

A message from the CBE:

New Attendance Code Communication:

As part of CBE's commitment to “acknowledge and support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action" (CBE Education Plan, 2021-24), a new attendance code has been introduced for the 2022/2023 school year. The new Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial (CSC) attendance code offers an excused absence from school to recognize and support Indigenous cultural revitalization for CBE students who self-identify as Indigenous, and their families. Many Indigenous students and families rely on their Indigenous culture, spirituality, and ceremony to support their health and well-being. This includes the right to traditional hunting and gathering experiences.  

 

While the CBE has introduced the CSC code as an act of reconciliation, the code can be accessed for all students and is intended to support participation in cultural, spiritual or ceremonial events. CBE recognizes that these activities may not be considered by many families as a Religious Holiday (RH), and the inclusion of the CSC code will allow for a more inclusive response to reporting these absences. The RH code will remain available when this more appropriately captures the reason for absence. 

 

Code Description Explanation 
CSC Cultural-Spiritual-Ceremonial Student is absent to participate in a cultural, spiritual or ceremonial event. 

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

DRBS staff​


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